In 2006, the world was given a new Clark Kent/Superman in the form of Brandon Routh (DC's Legends of Tomorrow) when X-Men director Bryan Singer rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Superman Returns. As we all know, the movie didn't perform critically or financially as well as many had hoped, but Routh was generally praised for his portrayal of the Son of Krypton.
But before Routh nabbed the highly coveted role, it was first offered to Sherlock Holmes actor Jude Law, who didn’t really want to play the role to begin with. But Singer (who apparently really wanted Jude Law) was persistent and even sent the Man of Steel’s redesigned suit to try and tempt him to the dark side.
During his appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, the actor explained why he ultimately turned down the role of Supes.
“This was a while ago, so you remember they were rebooting Superman, not this last time with Henry Cavill, they did it once before (in 2004), yeah, when I was obviously young enough to play Superman. So I was approached and at the time I don't know, I just, it didn't float my boat you know, like I just really didn't want to go there. First of all, I'm an Englishman and I felt like, I don't know, it just didn't seem to fit, and I was always worried about the outfit and I just didn't fancy it. This director was very keen to meet and impress it upon me and I was actually out in California and he said "Look, you just have to try the suit on. The suit's amazing, and we've revamped the suit", and I was like okay, send the suit over. Send the suit over.
So there's a knock on my hotel room, there's a guard, a big guard, right, and this lady from the wardrobe and they bring the suit in, and I'm like "I'm not going to try the suit on in front of you", I was like I'm going to go in the bathroom, right. So I take the suit into the bathroom and I'm putting it on and then I look round, I'm in the mirror and suddenly...I'm Superman, right. I though this, and the music kinda comes in like da, da, dada duh duh, right, I stood there and then I had this picture of that, me in that costume on posters all over the world and I was like "No Way" and I unzipped it. But I was Superman for two minutes, that's enough.”
(via Comic Book)